Jan 042013

Naoma Nadine Owens, 82, passed away Wednesday night, Dec. 26, 2012, at Sierra Blanca Nursing Cen-ter in Lakeside following a lengthy illness. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5, at the First Southern Baptist Church, 2727 Church Lane in Overgaard. The concluding service and interment will immediately follow at the Heber Cemetery.
She was born on June 24, 1930, in Albion, Okla., to the late Jack C. and Iva Irene (Wilson) Kelley.
Naoma was named valedictorian of her high school graduating class in Heavener, Okla. She moved to Arizona from her native Oklahoma in 1949. She has called Overgaard “home” for many years, and has been a pillar of the Heber/Overgaard communities since moving to the area. She has served on various boards through the years and was quite active with the school board since the 1960s. She was an avid supporter of Mogollon High School and its sports. She literally attended hundreds of the different games over the years. She also served as postmaster for 39 years, and was always a friendly and familiar face to others in her community.
Since moving to Overgaard, Naoma was a member of the First Southern Baptist Church and was its last surviving charter member.
She truly will be missed by many in the Heber/Overgaard communities, but none will miss her more than her own family.
Survivors include her five children, Sharon Williams of Overgaard, Kenneth Owens of Queen Creek, Billy L. Owens Jr. of Heber, Roger Owens of Heber and Paul Owens of Phoenix; one brother, David Stokes of Oklahoma; one sister, Arlinda Stokes of Oklahoma; 18 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions in Naoma’s name to the First Southern Baptist Church Building Fund, 2727 Church Lane, Overgaard, Ariz. 85933, have been suggested by her family.
Owens Livingston Mortuary was in charge of the arrangements.